1st Edition

Discourses in Action What Language Enables Us to Do

Edited By Klaus Krippendorff, Nour Halabi Copyright 2020
    208 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This interdisciplinary collection brings together leading and emerging scholars of discourse, conceptualizing how discursive practices shape social, political, and even material realities today.

    Discourses in Action presents a wide range of essays that explore fundamental concerns for the social consequences of text, talk, and discursively informed actions and possibilities of discursive engagement. It opens new perspectives on what language does and the differences that scholarly and practical contributions can make. Chapters cover diverse topics, ranging from political struggles, climate change, social revolutions, ethnicity, violence and other often unexpected patterns of discursive consequences. Its essays also explore the cultural contingencies that underlie discourse practices which are usually ignored when analysed from within a taken-for-granted culture.

    Providing a useful examination of current discourse studies, this interdisciplinary volume is ideal for students and researchers within media, communication, discourse analysis, linguistics, cultural studies, and the sociology of knowledge.


    Why Discourses in Action

    Klaus Krippendorff

    PART I Divergent Approaches to Discourse Analyses

    Rachel Stonecipher

    Analysing the Politics of Denial:

      Critical Discourse Studies and the Discourse-Historical Approach

      Ruth Wodak

    Discourse as Ventriloquy:

      A Pragmatic/Relational Analysis of Media as Agents

      François Cooren

    Discursive Construction:

      A Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse Analysis

      Reiner Keller

    Discursive Psychology:

      A Non-Cognitivist Approach to Practices of Knowing

      Jonathan Potter


      PART II Three Prototypical Studies of Discourses in Action

      Nour Halabi

    Re-Contextualizing Visual Representations:

      The Videos Of and About Police Accountability in Three Competing Discourses

      Mary Angela Bock

    Discourses for Transformation?

      Activism, Climate Change, Power and Pathways to the Future

      Anabela Carvalho

    The Circulation of Constitutional Discourse

      Greg Urban

      Cultural Contingencies of Discursive Practices

      Kate Zambon

    Competing Discourses of Power and Resistance:

      The Cultural Contexts of the Shifting Revolutionary Rhetoric in Egypt

      Sahar Khamis

    One Case, Two Verdicts:

      The Vertical Interplay of Authoritative Discourses in China

      Hailong Tian

    Discourses of Dissent:

             The Role of Speech and Action in Israeli Grassroots Activism

             Tamar Katriel


    Klaus Krippendorff (Ph.D., Ph.D.h.c) is the Gregory Bateson Professor for Language, Cybernetics, and Culture at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. He pioneered work on communication theory, content analysis, and methods of design semantics. As a critical scholar he examines discursive constructions of realities and paths of liberation from oppression.

    Nour Halabi (Ph.D.) is a Lecturer of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds and the Vice-Chair of the MeCCSA Race Network. Her interdisciplinary research examines the interactions between mobility, social movements and global media. She received her doctorate from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and her Masters from The London School of Economics.